Gear Review: RCF ART 735-A 15″ Speaker

March 13, 2016 by Tony Schwartz

Quality sound reinforcement is imperative for mobile DJs. Period.

As a full-time mobile DJ, it’s always been a core belief of mine; I firmly believe that quality sound creates for a better, and more pleasurable, listening experience – even for the guests who don’t dance. So, when RCF asked me to review their new ART 735-A 15″ powered speaker, I was more than happy to oblige, as I’ve always been a fan of the Italian-made RCF drivers.

So, for a little over a month, I took two ART 735-A speakers on the road. I played country bars, I played small private events, and I played larger private events up to 250 people. And I must say, I was impressed what these two active cabinets could do and produce all on their own. The vocals were sharp, the bass response was great, and the volume was more than enough for most events. For my larger private events, it would have been nice to add in two subwoofers – and normally, I would have – but I wanted to see if the 735s would be ample.

They did just fine; especially when I flipped the sound enhancement switch from flat to boost. A true boost, indeed.

As a powered speaker, the ART735-A features a class D two-way amplifier that delivers 1400 Watt (700 Watt RMS) sound, controlled by a DSP that handles crossover, equalization, phase alignment, soft limiting and speaker protection. The ART 735-A features a 1.4″ exit, 3″ voice coil neodymium high frequency compression driver that achieves a max SPL of 132 dB. The low-frequency transducers provide a linear response and a precise, deep bass; and with a crossover point at 900 Hz which allows, as RCF writes, the “high frequency transducers to produce a more accurate vocal intelligibility“.

Translation: When you play AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” through the ART 735-A, it’s going to sound bad ass. I was impressed.

RCF built this speaker with the mobile DJ in mind: clear vocals, with great sound projection and coverage. While not a wooden box like the system I currently use, they don’t vibrate at high volumes like a lot of plastic boxes do. And trust me, I had them rocking and didn’t detect any vibration. If you are a rental house, they would be great for live sound applications, and for the clients that wanted to upgrade their sound system beyond your basic PA speaker. Plus the speakers weigh less than 50 pounds, which is about 25 pounds less than the 15″ speakers I currently use.

Now, I like these RCF speakers, however, there is one element to this speaker I’m still warming up to and that is the look of the cabinet. It’s just… different. Once the lights go down, it doesn’t really matter, as its all about performance then. But there is something about this speaker that just isn’t sleek or sexy to me; it feels more dated than modern. If it is designed this way because of the way sound is produced, then fine, I can manage. Unfortunately, as a mobile DJ, I can’t “hide” the speaker like I could if it was a permanent install at a club, house of worship, theatre, and so on. However, this is just one DJ’s opinion and shouldn’t be your determining factor on purchasing this speaker.

Also, I’d also like to see RCF include a locking IED cable, similar to what QSC uses for their speakers, just because its great for peace of mind in the mobile DJ world. If this was a permanent install at a club, house of worship, etc. it probably wouldn’t be as big of a deal. But at private events, guests can be unpredictable and it’s important to take as many precautions as possible.

So, in conclusion: if you are in the market for a new pair of PA speakers, you know there are a lot of brands to choose from. Make sure you take a good listen to RCF’s ART 735-A speakers. They were designed for mobile DJs, and now, they’ve been battle tested by a mobile DJ. It’s a great speaker that produces a great sound, something RCF has been doing for a long time. Highly recommend.

Key Features:

  • 1400 Watt Peak, 700 Watt RMS digital amplifier
  • 132 dB max spl
  • 90 x 60, Wide dispersion constant directivity horn
  • 15″ high power woofer, bass reflex housing
  • 3.0″ voice coil, titanium, compression driver
  • PFC power factor correction
  • DSP Processing
  • 20.8 Kg / 45.8 lbs

Retail Price (as of published date): $999.00

For a complete list of specs and more details on the RCF ART 735-A, click here.

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Tony Schwartz is an award-winning MC & DJ, a business entrepreneur, stock market investor, a dog lover, a daily blogger, and a die-hard Red Sox & Seahawks Fan.

Filed Under: Sound Engineering for Mobile DJs